Five Films for February
Updated: Feb 20, 2020
With the notorious dumping ground month of January coming to a close, here at Dragon Media we’ve decided to share our top five films releasing in February 2020. In this list you will find films from a wide range of different genres. We obviously haven’t actually seen any of the films mentioned in this list so far and this should be considered as a rough guide on what to look out for this month. (That means you can’t have a go at us if any of the films are rubbish). Here are Dragon Media’s top 5 film recommendations for the month of February.
Release date UK: February 7th
Director: Bong Joon Ho
Starring: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee and Yeo-jeong Jo.
Parasite is a foreign film directed by Bong Joon Ho, known for his involvement in critically acclaimed films such as Snowpiecer and Okja. Without giving anything away, the films plot revolves around Ki-taek and his family taking an interest in wealthy/glamorous parks which gets them involved in an unexpected incident. This film has already been released in other parts of the world including America and Korea, with these territories praising the film for its original concept and cinematography. The majority of the film is spoken in Korean so be prepared to read subtitles.
The film has had stellar reviews and currently holds a 99% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It is also done extremely well at this Year’s Academy Awards, winning four Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director. Parasite is only getting a limited release in the UK but after its success at the Oscars I wouldn’t be surprised if more cinema chains start screening the film. Some of the confirmed places screening the film in Cardiff include Cineworld, Chapter Arts Centre and Everyman cinema. Parasite is out now in the UK.
Release date UK: March 13, 2020 (Previous date: February 21, 2020)
Director: Dave Wilson
Starring: Eiza González, Vin Diesel and Sam Heughan
Bloodshot is an action film based on the Valiant comic of the same name. The film features Vin Diesel as a soldier who is reanimated with superpowers, with his abilities he is tasked with hunting down the men who he believes killed his wife. Admittedly the plot does sound cheesy, but we think that this film is meant to reflect the same easy turn your brain off feeling you get when you watch the Fast and the Furious films which also stars Vin Diesel. It’s not going to be an Academy Award winner but should be a good time. Dave Wilson is still unproven as a director, prior to this he has only worked as a visual effects consultant so expect this to be a CGI heavy film. At the time of writing this article no reviews for Bloodshot have been posted meaning that we don’t have any reviews to compare how it will stand against its competition. The film is being released by Columbia Pictures so expect this film to get a wide release. Bloodshot releases on 21 February 2020.
Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Release Date UK: February 7th 2020.
Director: Cathy Yan
Starring: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Ewan McGregor.
Birds of Prey or if you prefer its full title Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, is the latest instalment in the DCEU (Detective Comics extended universe). Margot Robbie returns to the role of Harley Quinn and joins an all-female anti-hero team to save a young girl from an evil crime lord. This film takes a unique approach to the usual comic book film by assembling some of DC comics best rogue gallery and appeals to female audience with the majority of the cast being female. The film is also being directed by Cathy Yan, this is a nice change of pace as most superhero films have been dominated by a male perspective for years. It also makes sense because Harley Quinn is seen as one of the most popular female characters in media. Having a female director will allow the film to portray these characters in a way they haven’t been treated before. The film is doing well in terms of critical reviews as it currently holds a rating of 81% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film is being released by Warner Brothers and will receive a wide release in cinemas. Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn is out in cinemas now.
The Invisible Man
Release date: 28th February 2020
Director: Leigh Whannell
Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Aldis Hodge.
Rating: This film is not yet rated.
The Invisible Man is a reimagining of one of the original Universal monster movies from 1933. The film is a collaboration with Blumhouse productions which is responsible for some of the best horror movies in the last decade such as Get out, Happy Death Day and the Paranormal Activity franchise. The film revolves around Cecilia's (Elizabeth Moss) abusive ex taking his own life, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see. The film is being directed by Leigh Whannell who is known for directing the 2018 film Upgrade and creating the SAW franchise. Leigh is a veteran in the horror genre and should provide an interesting adaptation of an original horror icon.
The cast of the film is mostly made up of unknown actors except for Elizabeth Moss how starred in the critically acclaimed Channel 4 series The Handmaids Tale. Having a less established cast could allow the film to remove the barrier of familiar faces allowing the viewer to believe that this type of thing could happen to them. This was one of the problems that faced another Universal monster film ‘The Mummy (2017)’, it had a star-studded cast but performed poorly at the box office and received generally negative reviews from critics. The film is being released by Universal Pictures and will receive a wide release. The Invisible Man releases on the 28th of February 2020.
Sonic The Hedgehog
Release date: February 14th 2020
Director: Jeff Fowler
Starring: Jim Carrey, Ben Schwartz and James Marsden.
After a controversial reveal online that completely broke the internet, Sonic has seemed to have bounced back after changing the characters design to be more faithful to the original game. If you really need a plot summary for a film about a super-fast talking hedgehog, its about a small town police officer (James Marsden) who discovers Sonic and helps defeat an evil genius named Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey). The film features a well-established cast that includes Jim Carrey returning to a comedic role for first time since 2014’s Dumb and Dumber to. Obviously, this film wouldn’t be considered a film for adults but we believe it will be fun and perfect for a valentines date, especially with the February 14th release date. It’s arguably one of the biggest kids film releasing this month and the only suitable film for children on our list, so would be a great recommendation if you’re going to the cinema with young people. Sonic The Hedgehog is being released by Paramount Pictures and will receive a wide release.
- Harry Pettigrew (@HarryPettigrew)